Crazy Biking Dutchmen

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Yep, it was pretty high to start!

When I checked out the biking tours in Quito and stumbled across Jan's operation, 'Biking Dutchman' (www.bikingdutchman.com), I knew it was the tour for me.  Jan has a great enthusiasm for biking and described the tour perfectly....and I was  sold.  $100 for a two day trip, but it meant an early Sunday morning start, so I was up and 6.30 to get to the Magic Bean cafe for a 7am meet.  My group was a small one (as its low season) - Paul (UK, but living on Turks & Caicos) and a dutch/french couple, Harald and Sylvie.  Our guide Alberto arrived at 7.30am, bemoaning 'Jan, that crazy dutch b*stard' who had only told him he was leading the tour about an hour earlier.

  we grabbed some quick breakfast before jumping into the Landcruiser for 2 hours down the Panamerican Highway. 

As we grew closer, the massive form of Volcan Cotapaxi loomed down and we had great views as it was a beautiful clear blue day.  We drove into the national park ($10 entrance for foreigners), had a quick look round the museum guided by Alberto to point out where we were going and what we would be seeing.  We carried on in the 4x4 up to the first refuge, which is at 4500m altitude - and boy, could you feel it - even walking a few feet uphill was a struggle and there was a huge crosswind that made it difficult to stand up.  We unloaded the bikes from the top of the truck and got ourselves ready for the descent - we would be going down the path that the cars and 4x4s take up, so we would have to be careful and concentrate the whole way down.

What a view!!
  Alberto explained the bikes (and how the brakes were the wrong way round, being bloody American bikes!) and not long after we were flying down the side of Cotapaxi - what a feeling, adrenalin rush or what!  It took a lot more effort than I expected, because there is a lot of force going through your hands from the rough track, they go kind of numb after a while if you hold on too tight!!  We then road on into the national park, going over rivers and just enjoying the stunning scenery that was completely surrounding us.  We stopped for a homemade lunch (curried pasta, which was lovely) and carried on biking through the hills for an hour or so before it was time to get the bikes in the truck and head down the Panamerican and towards the Quilotoa Loop...

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Yep, it was pretty high to start!
Yep, it was pretty high to start!
What a view!!
What a view!!
Nice outfit...
Nice outfit...
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